At Club Med, we remember how it feels to discover the joy of winter sports and we have made it even easier. With lift passes and lessons for all levels and ages (from 4 years & up) included, learning to ski or snowboard is even easier than you think. We also teamed up with national ski schools to guide you, build confidence and develop the skills you’ll need to master the slopes!
With Club Med’s all-inclusive packages, learning to ski or snowboard just got easier. Slide on your ski suit and follow the instructions of the experienced professionals from the ESF (French Ski School) and other national ski schools at Club Med's European Resorts. In Japan and China, our ski instructors are trained by the ESF, while in Canada they are trained by the Canadian national ski school.
From the summits of the Alps to Hokkaido in Japan, from Manchuria to the Laurentides, more than 20 Club Med Resorts around the world are waiting to welcome you to the most beautiful ski areas across Europe, North America, and Asia. Guided by an instructor, you'll enjoy ski-in/ski-out access and select Resorts and priority access to the ski lifts. Less time waiting in line and more time on the slopes!
With Club Med’s all-inclusive package, group lessons* from ages 4 and up (yes, even for adults!) are always included for all skill levels. Instructors from the national ski schools teach adapted classes (from teaching the fundamentals to freestyle classes) specially designed for adults or children to learn to tackle the trails in the safest possible conditions. Already a good skier? The national ski school instructors are on hand to help you sharpen your skills. (Individual lessons available at extra cost)
*12 people maximum
From 4 years of age
The Club Med difference for ski/snowboard lessons
Ski vacations for everyone
Ski lessons for children & adults of all levels
From the age of 3, children can join Petit Club Med®** and be introduced to skiing by instructors. At 4 years of age, kids can start to take lessons with instructors from the national ski school. The lessons are designed to provide the fundamentals of skiing in a fun and safe environment. Once they’ve completed their course, they'll be awarded their first medal.
After the age of 5, if your child is a beginner and can already slide and do a snowplow stop, they'll receive a "Snowflake."
Next come the "Stars", depending on their level. The aim of the 1st Star* course is to teach kids how to keep their skis parallel when turning. At the 2nd Star* level, it's time to tackle the blue runs. For the 3rd Star,* your child can control their balance and speed while skiing down the slope.
*Depending on the country, there may be equivalents to the various levels taught by ESF.
**At extra cost and only at select Club Med Resorts.
If you've selected a week-long stay, your child's first lesson session will be held on Monday morning. They'll start by skiing a few hundred feet so the instructor can assess their level and put them in the right class. This is designed to ensure they are surrounded by other children of the same level, allowing them to feel more comfortable and motivated than ever.
Which kids ski level lessons to choose?
- Birdie: Your child is under 5 years of age
- Teddy Bear: Your child is 5 years or older but has never skied
- Snowflake: Your child can slide and do a snowplow stop
- 1st Star: They're still learning snowplow techniques but can get their skis parallel between each turn
- 2nd Star: They're starting to make parallel turns on blue runs
- 3rd Star: They can parallel ski and maintain their balance at high speeds
- Bronze Star: They can parallel ski and do a hockey stop at high speeds
- Gold Star: They can do several small turns in a row, all while controlling their speed. They can jump when skiing over bumps
- Freestyle Competition: They're starting to excel at giant slalom. They can change their pace and the radius of their turns with improved mastery over their skis
In practice at Club Med
Thanks to Easy Arrival, your equipment is waiting for you in the ski room, so you can arrive at the Resort with peace of mind. However, you can register on site, after your check-in, from 4pm to 8pm on Sunday (for a one-week stay).
Easy Arrival by Club Med is designed to offer you complete peace of mind by saving you time and any of the stresses associated with the ski lessons registration.
Prior to arrival, all you will need to do is login to your “My Club Med” account, provide us with a few pieces of information and select which ski or snowboard group lessons you want to register for.
If you’re renting equipment with Club Med*, provide us with your boot sizes and desired level of ski or snowboard equipment. Need a helmet or ski poles? Let us know. That’s it! Once you arrive at your Club Med Resort, you’ll be registered in the ski or snowboard lessons and all your equipment will be prepared and already placed in your on-site ski locker! Our Club Med G.Os® will take care of everything to make your arrival a breeze.
*At extra cost
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